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Lead Price
From £8795pp
17 days & 14 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
Rail Journey
Tour Highlights

Rovos Rail: Southern Cross Adventure

This panoramic rail journey with Rovos Rail offers an exciting alternative to a self-drive or privately guided safari tour. Starting from Pretoria, travel by train across South Africa, Mozambique, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Zimbabwe. Along the way join thrilling game drives, absorb colourful colonial and tribal history and marvel at the ever-changing landscapes, from dramatic peaks and fertile plains to lush forests. Finish in Victoria Falls before flying back via Johannesburg.


DAY 1: Fly overnight to Johannesburg
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Fly overnight to Johannesburg


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Johannesburg • Pretoria
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Johannesburg • Pretoria

Early morning arrival in Johannesburg. Afternoon tour of Constitution Hill and the downtown area for an insight into South Africa’s turbulent history and the bustling district of Braamfontein. Cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge and enjoy a spectacular view of Johannesburg’s skyline. Then transfer to Pretoria for an overnight stay at the charming 131 on Herbert Baker hotel (or similar). (N)

DAY 3: Pretoria
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Check in at Rovos Rail Station for an 11-night journey through some of Africa’s most picturesque landscapes. (B, D)

DAY 4: Panorama Route
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Panorama Route

Full-day panoramic tour of Pilgrim’s Rest, a once thriving gold rush town; Bourke’s Luck Potholes, strange cylindrical cavities formed by erosion; and Graskop, which offers sweeping views of the Lowveld. Rejoin the train in Nelspruit and continue on to Malelane. (B, D)

DAY 5: Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park

Full-day wildlife drive in Kruger National Park, home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as cheetahs, hippos and wild dogs. In the evening, depart for Mozambique. (B, D)

DAY 6: Maputo
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Wake up in Mozambique and take a tour of the colourful capital city of Maputo, an architectural blend of African and Portuguese colonial traditions. Return to the train for afternoon tea and head for Mpaka in Eswatini (Swaziland). (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Eswatini (Swaziland)

Wake up in Mozambique and take a tour of the colourful capital city of Maputo, an architectural blend of African and Portuguese colonial traditions. Return to the train for afternoon tea and head for Mpaka in Eswatini (Swaziland). (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Kapama Game Reserve
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Kapama Game Reserve

Morning wildlife drive in Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa, followed by a visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals, particularly cheetahs. Return to the train for lunch as it departs for Tzaneen, with an overnight stop at Louis Trichardt. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: On board the train
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On board the train

A day on board the train as you travel north to Zimbabwe. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: Great Zimbabwe Monument
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Great Zimbabwe Monument

Upon arrival in Oreti, drive to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a Unesco world heritage site. This is the largest ancient man-made structure south of the Egyptian pyramids. (B, L, D)

DAY 11: Antelope Park
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Antelope Park

Full day at Antelope Park, home to the ALERT lion conservation program. Optional extras include canoeing, wildlife drives, horseback wildlife viewing and a birdwatching cruise. Return to the train and depart for Bulawayo. (B, D)

DAY 12: Matobo/Matopos National Park
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Matobo/Matopos National Park

Full-day tour of Matobo/Matopos National Park with its dramatic hills and rock formations. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes as well as Bushmen caves hidden among the hills. Continue on to Kennedy. (B, L, D)

DAY 13: Hwange National Park
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Hwange National Park

Full day of game drives in Hwange National Park, the largest wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe and known for its prolific elephant, lion and wild dog populations. (B, L, D)

DAY 14: Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls

Disembark at Victoria Falls station then take a walking tour of the falls. In the evening join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. Stay 2 nights at the landmark Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)

DAY 15: Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls

Day at leisure. Optional activities include a scenic helicopter flight over the falls. (B)

DAY 16: Fly home via Johannesburg
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Fly home via Johannesburg

Transfer to the airport and fly home via Johannesburg. Arrive the next day. (B) (N)

DAY 17: Fly home via Johannesburg
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Fly home via Johannesburg


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Journey through four countries
  • Insight into the history of Johannesburg
  • Wildlife drives in Kapama Game Reserve and Kruger, Hwange and Matobo national parks
  • Evening cruise on the Zambezi river
  • Visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Low Season
From £8795 per person
High Season
From £8995 per person

What's included

  • 4- & 5-star accommodation either side of the rail journey
  • 11 nights aboard Rovos Rail
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Guided off-train excursions as specified
  • Entrance fees & porterage

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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